What the Food Bank Provides to the Community
The obvious benefit that the Food Bank provides to the families in Marysville/Tulalip/Lakewood is food. This food allows people to continue to have nutritious meals during challenging times. When a family of five comes to the Food Bank for food, they go home with about $175 worth in groceries. This frees up dollars that can be used to put fuel in the car to get to work, pay for needed medicine so as to stay healthy, pay the rent and utilities or buy clothing for the kids. The impact of what the Food Bank provides goes well beyond food.
The Food Bank offers a great place for citizens to exercise the power of community. It’s amazing to see the support that people provide to help their neighbors in need. And, many of these folks have been or are currently beneficiaries of the Food Bank. The cycle of helping others when you can help and accepting help when you have a need makes for a strong community.
The Food Bank offers a family environment for volunteering. Being a volunteer at the Food Bank is to many like being a member of a family. We support each other as we support others. Volunteering brings a feeling of happiness and has been linked to many health benefits. And for younger volunteers it also leads to increased empathy and compassion.
If you have a need to use the services of the Food Bank, please do. That’s why we are here, to help during tough times. And remember, you don’t have to be “poor” to use the Food Bank. If we can help you keep your car or pay the utilities by supplying you with food, let us do that.
If you wish to support an organization that’s is right here in your hometown serving your community, please do. We need your support. Without your support we cannot exist.
If you wish to volunteer and better yourself and community for it, please do. Again, without volunteers we cannot function. And, if you do volunteer, you will benefit too.
Dell Deierling, Director